Head of HR Operations

A career defining opportunity to use your HR expertise to make a huge impact 

Role: Head of HR Operations

Hours: Full-time

Pay: £40,000 – £45,000 gross annual

Duration: Permanent contract

Location: UK-Med Office, Manchester, UK with hybrid working (approximately 30% on-site)

Deployment: Required to deploy internationally for short periods to support humanitarian responses


Humanitarian health needs are growing. UK-Med’s health teams respond to emergencies around the world, rapidly surging medical personnel into the paces they are needed most.  We are seeking a skilled HR professional with the experience to help recruit, vet, mobilise and engage our staff and members.  Our work has never been more vital, with disasters becoming more frequent, complex and severe.  Can you help build a world prepared to help?

As our new Head of HR Operations, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring UK-Med is a great organisation to work and volunteer for.  You will help make sure we have the right personnel in our core staff team, our Country Programmes and the UK-Med Register of 1000 medical and non-medical international responders. You will ensure effective transactional HR services and a high-quality rapid recruitment service underpin our work. You will bring broad generalist HR expertise, the ability to inspire, mentor and develop colleagues and a passion for working thoroughly at high pace.

Our ideal candidate will be passionate about both UK-Med’s humanitarian mission and the power of the HR function to support successful and impactful programming.  You will be experienced and expert in HR and a true generalist with experience across the full spectrum of HR activity including recruitment, selection, pre-employment screening, performance management, wellbeing, employee relations and organisational development.

You will be comfortable working at pace and thrive on achieving challenging objectives and meeting rapidly changing demands.  You will have a track record of improving systems and processes, a sound understanding HR best practice and associated fields (e.g., equality, diversity and inclusion / safeguarding).  You will be willing to deploy internationally in support of our international responses. Experience working internationally, particularly in humanitarian emergency response, is an advantage but not essential.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits along with a friendly working environment and the opportunity to make a real difference through humanitarian work. UK-Med is a growing and developing organisation with a committed team of staff, volunteers and members. This role is a truly exciting opportunity to help develop our people services to meet the challenges and opportunities our growth present.

To apply:

To apply, please complete the application process online. Submit a current CV and a supporting letter (1-2 pages) that includes:

Applications must be submitted no later than Sunday 19 March 2023. 

Applications for work in the UK can only be accepted from people with an existing right to work in the UK.

UK-Med is committed to safeguarding of our personnel and beneficiaries and has a zero-tolerance approach to sexual exploitation and abuse.  We conduct thorough vetting before any appointment is confirmed.

UK-Med is committed to the principles of diversity, equality, and inclusion.  We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive environment where employees feel respected and supported to be able to fulfil their potential.

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